Santa Clara 47, San Jose State 46
Nov. 29, 2005
Courtesy of San Jose State Sports Information
Santa Clara Head Coach Dick Davey
On the game
"We were very lucky. That kind of sums it up I think. We played reasonably well defensively. I was tremendously impressed with George's (Nessman) group. They're smart, they play hard, and they conduct themselves as gentlemen on the floor. It's a nice group to watch, but not necessarily to play against. We had a dogfight the entire way. We made a few miscues at the end that gave them a better opportunity. We were fortunate that on the out-of-bounds play Travis (Niesen) figured out what he should do, and did it, and we managed to win by one."
On the Broncos' team defense
"Defensively, we had been playing reasonably well most of the season. Offensively, I thought was going to be a pretty good team and we are starting to find our stride. But I think our defense has kept us in games and it allowed us to be successful the other night against UOP, and it allowed us to stay around tonight."
Santa Clara Senior Forward Travis Niesen
On the winning shot
"I approached like it was in practice. I set a flair screen for Brody (Angley). I knew I had the left side, which works out since I'm left-handed. I threw up my hook and was fortunate that it went in. I was pretty confident that it was."
San Jose State Head Coach George Nessman
On the team's poor shooting>
"Part of it was Santa Clara did a great job defensively. They are really big and physical, and took us out of some of the things we'd like to do. But, we also missed some shots we need to make. We missed some open looks that we need to knock down. That's part of the growing process for our team. Getting close is nice and all, but it doesn't mean much. We need to be able to finish a game and make the plays when the game is on the line."
On the play which resulted in Travis Niesen's game-winning shot
"Niesen made a great play, but shame on us for letting him dribble with his left hand. That was just a fundamental breakdown on our part. He took advantage of it and converted the play."
On playing the next night at Cal
"You never want to play back-to-back, unless it's a tournament. But it was the only date that we could get a game with Cal, and we thought playing the Bears would be good for our progam, so we had to do it."